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A Day To Remember

Posted by BCS on September 27, 2009

I opened my eyes to a dim puplish blue sky. I looked at the digital clock on the wall above the window beside me… 5:26.

I sat up and saw the horizon glowing a pale blue and pink light. Cirrus clouds dotted an otherwise clear and pale blue background.

I put on my shoes and readied myself to head for home.

There were three of us there last night, stuck inside the office with nowhere to go. However, I was the only one who never left.

My wife told me at around 5:30 in the afternoon yesterday to just stay at the office. She told me there was no way I can possibly get home even if I could manage to get near to our place. At street level, our place was flooded chest-deep!

I was left there, alone with a couple of security personnel. Everyone wanted to go home and everyone did. I wanted so much to go home myself… but I’d be crazy to even attempt to. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) had already been closed at the time due to flooding.

6:30 pm. I was just sitting there at the parking area at the ground floor, thinking of how and where I’m going to get something to eat, when I saw a lone figure walk through our office building’s gate.

It was our plumber, Edwin, who had left earlier at around 2:30 pm with our manager to go home to Pampanga. “Traffic wasn’t moving, and I heard that it’d probably take us ’til tomorrow to get there” he said, “so I decided to come back.”

And so, I asked him to buy a can of sardines and, when he came back, we had our dinner at the top floor of our office building.

As we were finishing up, I saw a figure appear from the staircase. To my surprise, it was our Manager, John, who had also left earlier (with Edwin) to go home to Pampanga. “The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) had been closed to traffic…” he said “the news said flood waters in Valenzuela are mid-bus deep!”

431 millimeters of rain fell, that’s almost a whole month’s worth of rainfall, and it all came down in just 6 hours.

I wrote a draft for this entry yesterday while waiting and earnestly hoping for the rain to stop, hoping to post it as soon as I get home. But it didn’t happen.

“Tropical Storm Ondoy (International Code Name Ketsana)

It kept raining last night up to the early hours of this morning, but there wasn’t anything about it that could have warned us of what was to come today.

Heavy rain started to fall at around 9:30 am or so (I was already at the office at the time) and I thought it would last for only a brief moment as rain as hard as that usually does. But I was wrong… very wrong. It lasted for more than six hours non-stop.

It was my first time to see rain falling as hard as that last that long.

I have been told that there’s a section in Araneta Avenue where all the cars left on the street were submerged and that only their roofs were showing!

Sadly, our house was not spared. It’s currently flooded inside to almost knee deep.

Here are a few photos my officemate took on his way to the office.”

EDSA, near the Quezon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)

EDSA, near the Quezon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)


EDSA near Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)

EDSA near Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Joy Cuales)


Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA corner Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA corner Mother Ignacia (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA, looking towards West from atop the Quezon Aenue MRT station. (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA, looking towards West from atop the Quezon Aenue MRT station. (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)


EDSA, looking west from the Quzon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

EDSA, looking west from the Quzon Avenue MRT station (Photo taken by Francis Casupanan)

The aftermath? Well, some streets are still flooded, a huge section of asphalt has been peeled off the road near the intersection of West and Quezon Avenues, debris are almost everywhere, and our home is in shambles (water eventually rose to nearly a meter deep inside our house after I wrote that).

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A Big Mess…

Posted by BCS on December 12, 2008

One afternoon, about two weeks ago, a truck passed through the intersection of Ongpin and Quintin Paredes Streets (corner of Binondo Church), leaving behind this mess.

The scene of the mishap

The scene of the mishap

A part of the truck had snagged some electric cables and the driver did not notice it until it was already too late. As the driver propelled his truck forward, two electric posts fell, bringing down with them huge bunches of thick cables, thus obstructing what had always been a very busy and congested stretch of road.

Volunteers trying to cut the fallen electric cables

Volunteers trying to cut the fallen electric cables

Volunteers trying to cut the fallen electric cables

Volunteers trying to cut the fallen electric cables

These photographs were taken on December 7, 2008, several days after the mishap occurred. The guys seen on the photos working on the mess are actually volunteers from the nearby fire brigade and other concerned individuals from the neighborhood. There was not a single Meralco man in sight.

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Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge

Posted by BCS on November 24, 2008

I thought I was not going to be able to post this particular entry as I’ve not heard from the University of Washington Libraries since I sent them my formal request (for permission to use the old image) close to a month ago.

However, quite unexpectedly, I received a letter from them last Wednesday granting me the permission I requested. For this, I thank Nicolette Bromberg, Visual Materials Curator of the University of Washington Libraries.

The Binondo Canal and the Lift Bridge in 1913 (Image courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, INC0069)

The Binondo Canal and the Lift Bridge in 1913 (Image courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, INC0069)

The place as it appears now (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

The place as it appears now (Photo taken on September 27, 2008)

If you’ve seen my earlier post on the Binondo Canal, the photos above are towards the other direction of the photos on that post.

If you look closely at the center of the old image, you’ll notice a steel-frame structure spanning the canal/estero… that is a “lift bridge”. I’ve seen some close-up shots of the bridge somewhere, unfortunately I haven’t been able to obtain permissions to post them.

Anyway, the only information I can find on the “lift bridge” is from the ICOMOS Philippines blog/website which states:

“Covering only a small distance, roughly about 15 meters, the bridge over the Estero de Binondo in Manila is unique due to its ability to lift its platform from the ground to accommodate passing boats or cascos. The Lift Bridge inaugurated in 1913 was the only one of its kind in the country. Spared from the destruction that befell most of colonial Manila during the Liberation, the Lift Bridge of Estero de Binondo was until recently the only link to both banks of the estero along Calle Dasmariñas until, its subsequent replacement by the most beautiful of all DPWH bridges, the standard concrete bridge.”

The concrete bridge in Calle Dasmariñas today (crossing Estero de Binondo/Binondo Canal) - Photo taken on September 27, 2008

The concrete bridge in Calle Dasmariñas today (crossing Estero de Binondo/Binondo Canal) - Photo taken on September 27, 2008

Note: Conditions for the use of the old image as stipulated in the letter received from the University of Washington Libraries:

“[Permission is granted for] non-exclusive rights for one-time use of the University of Washington Libraries image INC0069 (Binondo Canal) for use in the Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge website.

“The image is licensed to be used only by [BCS] for use in the website Then and Now – Binondo Canal Lift Bridge or for promotional materials related to it. The image on the website shall appear no larger than 72 dpi if shown as a still image, and the image may not be reused, sold, altered, or loaned without written permission of the University of Washington Libraries.”

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